By Robert Przybylo
It would have been easy (but painstakingly long) to list all the teams moving up from Class 2A to 3A for football, starting with the 2010 season.
When you’re making a jump for 32 teams to 57 teams, it feels like the most-balanced class has been created. And of course, a lot of the top 2A teams from the previous seasons, will be making the move up.
Seriously, take a look at the list. That class didn’t need a “star” team like Star Spencer to drop into its lap.
Since the Bobcats did, now look at what we have in 3A: Star Spencer, Tuttle, Heritage Hall, Cascia Hall, Chandler, Kingfisher, Sequoyah-Claremore, Purcell, Metro Christian, Purcell, Eufaula, Weatherford. That’s even leaving out some schools like Newcastle and Bethany, among others.
Very interesting stuff. Schools with some of the lower ADMs in the class (Beggs, Verdigris, Riverside, Nowata, Westville) are going to have to climb quite a mountain.
Briefly spoke with Ryan Aber (who is on vacation but still kinda working, ha), and Morrison caught his eye.
Morrison, of course, won the Class A state championship last year in its first season playing 11-man ball. The school’s ADM is 147.14. Technically, it could have moved back to Class B as the highest ADM there is Depew at 149.65.
Another eyebrow raiser is Santa Fe South. The last four years SFS has been in 3A but with an increase of 21 students (from 494 to 515), all the sudden Santa Fe South hasn’t just jumped 3A but is firmly in 4A.
Also, Del City continues to get closer to the 5A line. The school lost 27 students from last year. It is still comfortably ahead of Bixby and Shawnee in 6A (1,352 to 1,245), but the gap is closing.
The football classifications are not set in stone. In fact, if you checked the OSSAA site Wednesday, you’ll notice a big TENTATIVE has been placed on the top of the sheet.
Talking with the OSSAA’s David Jackson, “it is good to go for today.” He said they want to get it out there early so the association and the schools can work together and fix the mistakes. There really is no rush, but it’s fun to start playing fantasy with some of the potential playoff scenarios in the classes.
I’m not completely done, but here is a small sample of the teams moving up or down for this next season:
Moving up: Shawnee and Bixby (5A to 6A); Grove and Tulsa Central (4A to 5A); Heritage Hall, Metro Christian, John Marshall, Little Axe and Atoka (3A to 4A); Pocola and Stroud (2A to 3A).
Here’s where it starts getting a little hazy for me. Preston, Crowder, Snyder and Pioneer are what I have for A to 2A. From B to A, I gots Garber, Pond Creek-Hunter, Sasakwa, Strother and Chattanooga.
Moving down: Tulsa Memorial and Tulsa East Central (6A to 5A); Harrah and Stilwell (5A to 4A); Bethel, Hugo, Marlow and Victory Christian (4A to 3A); Frederick and Washington (3A to 2A).
Again, gets a little fuzzy: From 2A to A, there’s Howe, Rush Springs and Wright City. From A to B, it’s Frontier, Verden, Agra, Coyle and Waukomis.
Not completely done, so I’ll update it later.
Throw it out to the readers. Out of all the changes, what’s the biggest, most important, etc?